The New Union Flag (NUF) project by the artist Gil Mualem-Doron aims to reimagine the Union Jack, acknowledge and celebrate the communities that contributed to the UK’s cultural legacy. Re-created with fabric designs from all over the world the New Union Flag transforms the traditional Union Jack from an archetype of uniformity – to a dynamic and celebrated on-going performance of diversity.
Piloted in 2015 the project has already engaged thousands of people through gallery exhibitions (Turner Contemporary, Tate Modern, South Bank Centre, People’s History Museum – Manchester, Liverpool Museum), numerous cultural events, schools, festivals, rallies and workshops.
The New Union Flag New Union Flag project offers a very flexible and engaging format – from interactive installations, participatory events, workshops and agit-props. It can be as small as the flag you are holding but will still have impact if you just take a selfie and post it on social media (#NewUnionFlag). It has also been exhibited as big as a room installation which visitors participated in a photo shoot (a take on a souvenir shop or a sea-side funfair). Another access point to the project is the DIY Diversity Flag workshops for adults and children.
A draft for the book in-making about the project can be viewed here: http://www.photobox.co.uk/creation/4755666932
The Project facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thenewunionflag/
A proposal for an online interactive installation & online teaching resource (In development): http://gildoron.co.uk/2018/11/07/the-new-union-flag-animated/
Photos form The New Union Flag events and exhibitions (2015-2018)
- Arch 402 Gallery, Hoxton – London (2015) Part of Cult House’s Fusion: International Contemporary Art Show Curator: Miguel Mallol. Some of the photos used in the anti-Ukip campaign (see main menu).
Text collages created with extracts from interviews with the New Union Flag events participants: